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For many industries, maintenance training has never been given much thought. However, with a looming maintenance crisis, new training concepts may help with the need for better asset maintenance, knowledge transfer, and making a career in maintenance more attractive. The following guest post is by Joel Leonard of SkillTV.

Guest Post by Joel Leonard

Companies have long used on the job training as the primary vehicle to develop maintenance techs. New techs are assigned to seasoned pros (most who have never been formally trained or trained to train or communicate what they do). As a result most companies pass on bad habits and new workers have serious gaps between what they know and should know.

However, a major break- through in training technology is now in the works. New workers can get trained via interactive 3 dimensional (I3Davatar typetechnology. This technology has been available for decades but the costs made it prohibitive.

New Advances in Software and Simulation Technology

With new advances in software and simulation technology have made I3Dtraining more feasible, opening new doors for:

  • Developing troubleshooting skills.
  • Insight into the inner workings of sophisticated equipment.
  • Understanding the value and procedures for proper preventive maintenance schedules and techniques.
  • Reducing the learning curve.
  • New workers gain experience on working before actually touching or harming real equipment

However, the biggest challenge is the development of the content. It is like the printing press has been invented, but there are not enough books to publish. So companies and educational outlets need to invest in these systems quickly in order to build an adequate pipeline of skilled technicians.

For more details on I3D training technology, feel free to watch Dr Larry Keen share his views on how interactive technologiescan help build a skilled workforce:

We would like to thank Joel for his contribution to our blog and for his efforts in addressing issues related to the aging maintenance workforce. Feel free to contact Joel if you have suggestions or question on this fascinating new tool to advance maintenance forward at Joel@SkillTV.net